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Projet :« Democratic participation and territorial anchoring» : towards a co-operative territorial economy ».

Case studies: A coordinated series of documentary resources Part of the 2010 – 2011 activity agenda of the Pactes Locaux.

This category is an experimental collection aimed at supporting the local organisation of solidarity as a social proposal and means of action.

It includes:
-  Initiative Files (IF) that illustrate the experiences and list the relevant associated documents as well as the more detailed Case Studies (CS). Some are more detailed than others. Any of the authors of the IFs or CS who wish to include additional information, modify the documents or update them are free to contact us to do this. This collection is experimenting an IF prototype that is an adaptation of the DPH that has been used ince 2005 by the BASE Sud Audois website (c.f. point 2 below)
-  Analyses and proposals (AP), that are the summaries of discussions and fundamental texts/actions that underpin the approach of proving through demonstration, providing actors with a toolkit and empowering them to act.
-  They are available in the language in which they were written, and sometimes in several languages.

It is organised as follows:
1. On an intercontinental basis in the perspective of “On the road to Manila 2013”, based on the contributions to Workshop of LUX’09, and to the Internet Forum that followed as a first step towards developing consensus following workshop 7. This Internet Forum was aimed at preparing the Asian Forum of Solidarity Economy that took place in Tokyo in November 2009. Other aspects are extracts fom the International Newsletter for Sustainable Local Development, a voluntary publication now in its 8th year of publishing in 3 or 4 languages.

2. On a European basis as part of the preparation for 23rd November 2010: a landmark on the road to creating the “European P’Actes” based on the the previous achievements of the Pactes Locaux (since 1998) and more recently on the mutualisation in 2007-08 in the preparation for LUX’09, and also a European project on territorial cohesion and Multi-Level Governance as a means of action for experimenting and documenting civil society as one of the key pillars.

3. The Learning Journeys (LJ) are a category in themselves, that demonstrate the impacts of the “in situ” learning process. They are based on the approach of “illustration, discussion, proposal”. This category describes the follow-up to the achievements and impacts of LJs, and is updated as and where relevant: Locally for host territories, with both increased local impacts, and mainstreaming. But there are many other experiences that take many different shapes and forms and that are adapted to the objectives and learning approaches of different people...because learning journeys are as old as the world; a practice that needs to be renewed in today.

4. Analyses and proposals: “Announce rather than denounce” in order to change percpetions and open up concrete perspectives for collective action. The different visions that are collectied in this category are lessons learnt from experience, as this is often the missing link between theory and the methods used to develop and implement regulations.

5. Setting the wheels in motion: « from collectives of actors to a collective actor» : based on existing or future relationships with colloves of actors with shared or similar perspectives based on locally grounded solutions and aimed at globalising solidarity. Learning how to work together is an essential aspect, as none of the structures has reached a critical mass that is in itself enought to provide overall fully operational answers.

- 2011: The fight against poverty in the EU 2020 strategy

- IF2010 - Technologie-Netzwerk Berlin e.V. : Action and Research for the Local Social Economy

Technologie-Netzwerk Berlin e.V. / TechNet (an association certified as working for the public benefit) is a network of individuals, initiatives and organisations working towards the common goals of research, training and education in the areas of community economic development, and local employment strategies. It runs an Economic Self-Help Training and Education Centre as well as an Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) ’Local Economy’. A key focus of the research and development activities is the creation of jobs through the establishing of social enterprises. Via its work, TechNet has built up a wide range of contacts and co-operative relationships with similar projects, agencies, public sector bodies and enterprises. Karl Birkholzer, 2010

- IF 2010 - Community supported foods and farming. The Urgenci International Network, Kobe Conference Japan, April 2010, Judith Hitchman

- IF2009 - Transition Towns, UK, Judith Hitchman
The Transition Towns’ approach is therefore practical and highly prospective, as it prepares and helps us to adapt to the idea that our daily lives will be disrupted. Now is the time to start organizing the transition towards communities capable of living together in a sustainable manner with the existing resources of our planet.

- Association for Serva Seva Farms (ASSEFA)-India. A holistic approach to local and community development aiming for self-sufficiency
Article published in the International Newsletter on Sustainable Local Development, #60. Yvon Poirier.

- IF2009 - The Social Enterprise Task Force - SETF. Workshop 7 Lux’09
The Social Enterprise Task Force : The objective for establishing SETF is to create a space for the community of co-creators of solidarity economy in Asia to exchange experience and information and to engage in joint planning and action.
The strategic task of SETF is to promote the development of solidarity economy through the strengthening of solidarity based social enterprises in Asian countries.
SETF is potentially the forerunner to the Asian Alliance for Solidarity Economy (AASE) which was birthed conceptually at the CSRSME Asia consultative workshop in Bangkok in October 2008.
Ben Quinones, 2009.

- IF2009 - Malaysian Network of Social Enterprises, Workshop 7 Lux’09 Malaysia is a multi ethnic and multi racial society which has seen tremendous socio-economic changes over the past 50 years since its independence from the British in 1957. It has an impressive track record of poverty reduction from 50% of house hold to less than 5% in 2007
The current efforts for economic empowerment can be strengthened by ‘sharing and learning from one another’ (Learning Journey) . Some of the partners have strengths in community development, others in research & training, others in policy advocacy, others direct social welfare assistance and others in business and credit lending.
A collaborative engagement will enable them to be an alternative player creating the structures and models which will enhance grassroots knowledge, expertise and competencies ie role in policy advocacy.
Initiate a training and capacity building of leadership and building sustainable institutions and micro social enterprises. Various actors met on Feb 20, 2009 for sharing and brain storming together with Mr Ben Quinones of CSRSME, Asia at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Binary University College. In addition a number participated at the Workshop on Finance for Social Enterprise in Malaysia (March 10-13, 2009)
Denison Jayasooria, 2009.